I feel there is a bit of a disconnect here… not just between those of us who are in different countries, but even amongst us who are in the same countries… so many disconnects…
And no it’s just just because COVID has forced people apart. In most ways, people have been “apart” for many years before the virus ever appeared.
The disconnect I’m speaking of is the fact that some parts of the world took the virus seriously, and have gotten their numbers down to a point to where “excess caution” is no longer necessary.
So maybe some people in my area read a news story that says Antarctica hasn’t had any new cases of Coronavirus in several weeks, and they think, “cool! The virus is gone! Happy days are here again! Let’s all go out and celebrate!”
… and I’m sitting here saying “guys? we don’t live in Antarctica… the viral levels are still very high here… plz don’t start throwing ‘coronavirus is dead’ parties just yet…”
The county I live in… a month or so ago we were at level “red”, meaning “HOLY CRAP BE CAREFUL, HALF THE PEOPLE HERE IZ INFECTED!!!” and people finally started to heed the warnings and wear their masks and limit their social gatherings, and eventually we dropped down to level “orange” meaning “Lots of people iz infected, but you are probably safe as long as you are careful”… people saw orange as a green light to start being idiots again. And sure enough, as of this morning, we are now red again.
This is perhaps mostly just a U.S. issue though, as many other nations seem to have been able to get ahold of their outbreaks. Really not going so well over here though.
EDIT / ADDITIONAL:
Without veering too much into political territory… some of my non-U.S. friends have asked me, “why does it keep spreading so much in the U.S.? Don’t you guys have like a health agency or something?”
Yes, we do, we have several. With several different jurisdictions. And every jurisdiction has its own mandates and suggestions. And people are mostly free to wander between jurisdictions. And even if they’re in a jurisdiction where there are mask and quarantine mandates, they have the “right” to intentionally ignore those mandates if they feel like it’s… like… infringing on their rights or something.
Long story short, I am thankful that this is just a semi deadly virus and not a fully deadly one. Because if it was of the fully deadly variety? All of us here in the U.S. would be dead by now.
To put into graphic meme format… yeah okay borderline morbid, but I don’t know how else to get a friggin point across anymore without going extreme…